Mindful Hawaii Newsletter, Vol. 1, No. 4

Volume-1.-No.4-Final

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Free MBSR Introductory workshop Saturday July 25 on Zoom followed by 8 week class

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Mindful Hawaii Community Meeting July 11 via Zoom

ALOHA ALL: 

Hope all’s well with you in these times of the corona virus  pandemic. 

I am really pleased to announce that we will have our first MINDFUL HAWAII COMMUNITY MEETING, although by ZOOM,  since the  stay at home order was made in response to the pandemic. Though we are all caught in this common fate, I’m grinning ear to ear at the possibility of at least meeting with you folks on ZOOM.

Please note the time and date in your busy calendars for this community meeting. We will meet via ZOOM at 1:00 PM SATURDAY 11 JULY 2020. The Zoom meeting information is below.

At our meeting, we will have a meditation session and talk by DR. DEAN NELSON, Founder of the Kailua Shambhala Meditation Center.  Dean studied under Meditation Master and Spiritual Teacher Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and has written several books, one of which is called “Don’t Waste Pain.” He is working on another one right now and hopes to have it published later this year.

Not long ago the Honolulu Star Advertiser reported that a “New Poll finds Happiness at its lowest in 50 years.”  No doubt the corona virus pandemic has ushered into people’s lives much uncertainty and gloom about their futures. The poll also found that more and more people are experiencing increasing loneliness, turning to smoking and drinking more, and losing their tempers more easily.  

In this context, and even before the pandemic, interest infinding HAPPINESS has hit an all time high. In line with this upsurge, The New York Times not long ago reported that a class on happiness was interestingly the most popular class at Yale University. Its a popular class that attracts record breaking numbers of students enrolled in any Yale class over the years of its offering. HAPPINESS is embedded in our national constitution making it a national purpose and right for each individual to pursue it. 

How does one become HAPPY is an important, perpetual and elusive question. To bring some perspective to this question, I asked Dr. Dean Nelson if he would share with us what he has learned about this over the years.  Lucky for us, Dean said ok. 

For our upcoming meeting Dean has said “The entire mindfulness path can be looked at as a journey to happiness or joy.  You can look through the lens of what motivates us in virtually all of our daily activities as an attempt to find happiness.  As the Dalai Lama said ‘The purpose of our lives is to be happy.’  The whole purpose of meditation is to get happier.  And in that pursuit, one’s taste buds for what happiness is gets changed, more sophisticated.  You become a Connoisseur of Happiness.  The book I’ve written is daily play and reminders to enhance happiness in our off cushion lives. The best meditation is the one that gets integrated and positively affects our lives.  Mindfulness is obviously not a separate activity from our daily lives.  We can allow and remind ourselves to get lighter and happier.”

Dean’s Upcoming book is called “BECOMING A CONNOISSEUR OF HAPPINESS: AN EVERYDAY USER’S GUIDE TO JOY.” He plans to share some practices and thoughts from the book.

Mark your calendars and don’t miss our community meeting. TAKE CARE AND BE WELL.

JIMMY 

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Mindful Hawaii Newsletter, Vol. 1, No. 3

Volume-1.-No.3-final

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Mindful Hawaii Newsletter, Vol. 1, No. 2

Volume-I.-No.2-draft

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Temporary Public Assistance during Covid-19 Pandemic

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Book Talk Registration

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To join the group, please do the following:

  1. Email Arleen @ bemindful808@gmail.com to sign up for the group. Please specify
    Subject: Book Talk. Message: Please sign me up for Book Talk
  2. Read the Book. It can be purchased online either as hardcopy or as a Kindle ebook.
  3. Download the Zoom app (Zoom.us). Zoom is very user friendly with lots of tutorials.
  4. Respond to the Zoom Meeting Invitation which will arrive by email.
  5. CLICK on JOIN THE ZOOM MEETING (in the invitation email) At 12:50
    PM Saturday, May 30, 2020 to be in time for the 1:00 PM start.


MH thanks Marina in advance for offering to facilitate this conversation. To learn
more about Marina, please see her LinkedIn profile and/or company website.
Mindful Hawaii invites any member to suggest future Book Talks. If you are
interested in leading a Book Talk, let us know.

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Mindful Hawaii Newsletter, Vol. 1, No. 1

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Medicine Buddha practice invite from Dr. Dean Nelson.

Aloha to all, 

I want to share something with you that I hope you both enjoy, treasure and that somehow uplifts your view of the interconnectedness of the world. It’s a way to engage, day by day, moment by moment, in how we can serve and help in the present epidemic.

First, I hope everyone is safe and well in this challenging time of dis-ease.  Like many of you, I’ve been thinking of any way I could help, contribute something helpful for the painful time we’re going through. Well, after a meditation session, I got the ‘message from god’, as they said in the Blues Brother’s movie, that I could share the Medicine Buddha practice with you. Basically, Medicine Buddha is a super charged prayer practice that’s very simple and short. You can sing or repeat the chant/prayer, as your heart opens to suffering throughout the day. It gives you some instant way of addressing and contributing a healing prayer to the pain, death, uncertainty of the dis-ease we’re facing.

I’ve been doing this practice for 35 years. For those of you I know through Windhorse Healthcare, this is the prayer I was repeating in my head while I worked on you. Medicine Buddha is an enlightened being who made a vow to help all beings with their dis-ease; for individuals, for countries, and for the world. Think of the overwhelming kindness of the altruistic lineage of healers, Doctors, shamans, researchers, nurses, inventors, all the health care practitioners who have carried the simple wish of wanting to alleviate the suffering of others. Medicine Buddha represents all those care givers throughout history. It’s said we all have a Medicine Buddha within us. Fundamentally, you pray, say an ancient chant to this angel, this healing archetype, to relieve whoever and whatever you focus on for healing. 

I’m going to cover the background practices for Medicine Buddha practice in 3 short videos: Resting in Your Innate Health, Acknowledging our Lineage of Awakened Heart and Radiating Healing for all Beings and the Planet.   Then I’ll guide the practice itself on the 4th video. The practice liturgy is in the pdf linked to here with visual aids above which you may want to download and print.

Dean Nelson is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting to guide you through Medicine Buddha practice. See below.

If you think Medicine Buddha practice is not your cup of tea, I still hope you might watch the short presence practice guidance called Resting in Your Innate Health.

Talk 1/4: Resting in Your Innate Health:   https://youtu.be/G-qsHLWcbRQ


Talk 2/4: Acknowledging Your Lineage of Awakened Heart:   https://youtu.be/A0LSgRunyzI


Talk 3/4: Radiating Healing for all Beings and the Planet:   https://youtu.be/BvQIK21HC4c


Talk 4/4: Instruction for Medicine Buddha practice:   https://youtu.be/lDOyu9vvjAw


Dean Nelson is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting to guide you through Medicine Buddha practice.

 Please note there are two Zoom dates : Saturday April 25  and Sunday April 26, both at 9A.M. Hawaii time.

You must first download the Zoom app-not hard, even for me.

Topic: Group Medicine Buddha Practice
Time: April 25, 2020 09:00 AM Hawaii

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Meeting ID: 856 3058 4290
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Topic: Group Medicine Buddha Practice
Time: Apr 26, 2020 09:00 AM Hawaii

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Meeting ID: 827 7988 2349

Hope you can join me!
Dean

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